If you need an idea for a little treat for your kids or your honey that has Happy Valentine’s Day written all over it, these Easy White Chocolate Sugar Cookie Bars are your ticket. No scooping dough balls or rolling/cutting necessary here, but I think they say I love you just the same. You don’t even have to make frosting for these – just melted white chocolate. How easy is that?
And I love the taste of this sugar cookie dough. I add a tiny bit of almond extract with the vanilla extract, and then also some cream of tarter. It’s a great flavor combination – just like you’d get from a bakery.
I used to feel a little rebellious when it came to Valentine’s Day. I felt it was just a forced commercialized opportunity for fancy restaurants, flower shops and chocolatiers to make a little extra money and the rest of us feel either left out or let down. But my dad has given me a card on Valentine’s Day without fail every year since I was little girl, and he’s not a real sentimental guy, so I really treasure them.
I guess if you can sift through all the meaningless fluff, a holiday that sets aside a day to make sure the ones we love know how we feel, it’s not such a bad idea. So use it as an excuse to write your sweetie a love note, bring some flowers to a lonely neighbor, or bake your kiddos this special treat served with a kiss on the cheek. Might not seem like a big deal, but the years add up and these little gestures of thoughtfulness can speak volumes in the depths of the heart.
Sheesh, listen to me! Sorry to get all mushy on you. Well, one more thing – I love you!Print
White Chocolate Sugar Cookie Bars
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 45 minutes
- Yield: 24 bars 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
If you need to whip up a quick little treat that has Happy Valentine’s Day written all over it, try these Easy White Chocolate Sugar Cookie Bars.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar on medium speed. Add egg, oil, and vanilla, and almond extract and mix well in between adding each ingredient until the batter is creamy and smooth.
- In a medium bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tarter.
- Gradually add dry ingredients into wet batter on low speed until dough is formed.
- Press the dough into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan.
- Bake for 25-28 minutes. The top will be golden brown.
- Remove the pan from the oven and pour the white chocolate chips evenly over the top. Return to the oven for 1 minute.
- Remove the pan from the oven and spread the melted white chocolate to make an even layer over the top of the cookie bars.
- Decorate with sprinkles.
- Allow the bars to cool so the white chocolate can set before cutting and serving.
- Serving Size: 1 Bar
- Calories: 219
- Sugar: 15g
- Sodium: 118mg
- Fat: 12g
- Saturated Fat: 4.9g
- Unsaturated Fat: 6.6g
- Trans Fat: 0.3g
- Carbohydrates: 25g
- Fiber: 0.4g
- Protein: 2.3g
- Cholesterol: 20mg
Keywords: easy white chocolate sugar cookie bars, sugar cookie bars, Valentine’s Day treat, easy dessert
Karen @ The Food Charlatan says
I’ve been wanting to make sugar cookie bars forever! I’ve never gotten around to it though. It’s so time. Love the white chocolate! That’s so cute that your Dad sends you a card every year. What a sweet tradition.
Karen, you should definitely try these. They come together so quickly. I actually just tweaked the recipe a bit after trying them today in a 9×13 instead of a 9×9, and I liked them even better. It’s so hard for me to leave recipes alone even after I post them :0)
Just tried these. Baked for 25 mins and found them dry and crumbly. Also, had a hard time melting the chocolate right on top, maybe I left it in too long for melting? It did not want to spread easily over the crumbly bar. Just didn’t work for me.
i’ve been wanting to make these. they look yummy!
Dina, hope you get the chance to make these! I think you’ll love them 🙂
I made these last night, but after they fully cooled, the white chocolate hardened again and made it difficult to cut/eat the bars. Any advice?
Hmmm… my white chocolate hardened when it cooled as well, but it did stay intact as I cut it. I wonder if it might help to cut them into bars when they are almost set rather than completely hardened. I have also noticed that some brands of white chocolate are little more crumbly than others, and I have liked using Ghiradelli melting wafers. Hope this helps!
I’m making these right now, and I’m so happy to read these comments because I happen to have the Ghiradelli white choc wafers already! When I showed this post to my hubby and asked if I should make it, he said, “Are you kidding?! It has white chocolate, sugar, and cookie in the name! Make it RIGHT NOW!!!” Haha
I was very happy to oblige! Thanks for the great recipe!
Haha! Hope you guys enjoy these as much as we did. Let me know how your melting goes if you get the chance… I’m wondering if the crumblier white chocolate was older, or if different brands just set up differently. I think it helps to use a very sharp knife when cutting, and keep the white chocolate layer pretty thin so that you can bite into it easily without cracking the whole piece.
The white chocolate melted and set beautifully. No problems cutting! I did cut most of the pan before it cooled 100% (just in case), but even after it was totally set, I didn’t have an issue. I would recommend the Ghiradelli chocolate melting wafers!
Thanks again for a great recipe! My hubby LOVED these! 🙂
Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out Krysta. Glad your hubby enjoyed!
Peter @ Feed Your Soul Too says
This dessert looks so tasty and really sweet. I featured it in my Friday Five – Valentine’s Day addition 3 from Feed Your Soul Too – http://www.feedyoursoul2.com/2014/02/friday-five-valentines-addition-3.html
Hi Peter, Thanks for sharing this recipe!
I was so excited to make these for Valentines Day, but they came out dry and not very good 🙁 I followed the instructions. They baked for only 26 minutes before I added the white chocolate. One minute later they were done. Mine are not cute or tasty at all.